The COVID-19 replacement stream is a replacement for the initial Temporary Graduate visa. It is only available for Temporary Graduate visa holders impacted by the Australian travel restrictions. This means, people who could not stay in Australia for the full period allowed by their previous Temporary Graduate visa.
The replacement Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will recognise the commitment made by international students to Australia. It will acknowledge the disruption to plans that COVID-19 and the associated travel restrictions caused.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- currently hold, or have held a Temporary Graduate visa that expired on or after 1 February 2020; and
- have been outside Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 15 December 2021.
In normal circumstances, applicants can only be granted one Temporary Graduate visa, and a further visa is only available on the basis of regional work and study.
We are still determining details on the application requirements. It is likely that applicants will need to supply some supporting documents to apply for this visa stream.
Staying in Australia
Applicants will receive the full validity of their initial Temporary Graduate visa. This is determined by the level of their qualification.
The visa costs AUD1,680 for the primary visa applicant. There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with them.
As successful applicants will be granted the full validity, the full visa application charge will apply.
Whilst holding this visa
Applicants can live, study and work in Australia temporarily. They must find their own employment if we grant this visa. We are not responsible for arranging employment.
Applicants can include members of the family unit in their application when they apply. This includes family members that weren’t included in their original Temporary Graduate visa.